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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so many Christians....

Shootout in eastern Ukraine leaves 1 dead
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds....

Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry; toll tops 50
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort....

Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?...

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
JINDO, South Korea (AP) -- A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously....

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed 13 others....

Syria media reports Assad visits Christian village
BEIRUT (AP) -- President Bashar Assad on Sunday toured a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists....

Militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Islamist insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy in the mountainous Kabylie region, killing 14 soldiers, the state news agency reported Sunday. The attack came two days after Algeria's presidential election....

4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal
PARIS (AP) -- Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists....

Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks
PARIS (AP) -- Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?...

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